When I had first bought my MAC brushes, I was super protective about them and made sure to use only the cleansers designed for them – MAC Brush Cleanser. But in all these years, I slowly progressed to cleaning the brushes with either Dove shampoo or sometimes, even my face wash. What works on my hair and skin can equally work on the makeup brushes is my rule and so far the rule has worked in my favor 😉 However, while buying Coastal Scents palette, I included the Coastal Scents Brush Shampoo Cleanser as well to see how it fared.
The brush shampoo comes in a transparent plastic bottle with a flip top cap. The bottle is extremely hard and cannot be squeezed to take out the contents. The only way I can use the brush cleanser is when I completely remove the cap. The brush cleanser has a gel consistency and is completely colorless and odorless.
4 oz. (120 ml) bottle is priced at $4.95
My Experience with Coastal Scents Brush Shampoo Cleanser:
The directions to use mention that the brush shampoo can be directly applied to the wet brushes. I have tried this method. However, as the bottle is not easy to squeeze, a lot of shampoo ends up on one brush. I have to then transfer the shampoo on to each of the other brushes subsequently. The whole process ends up being very messy.
So, the other method that I use is to mix the shampoo with a little water in a bowl and then swirl my brushes in it. This method is easier and economical for me. One blob of the brush shampoo when mixed with water can effectively clean all my 4 – 5 makeup brushes that I use regularly.
After drying the brushes, I found that the brush cleanser cleans the makeup and dirt from the brush really well. It removed the foundation, glitter or gel eyeliner from the brush quite effectively. Also, I found that the brush bristles continue to stay soft and not very dry. It contains Aloe Vera juice and Glycerin to help condition the bristles.
The product claims that use of the brush shampoo would help to prolong life and performance of the brush. I did not find that it helps in increasing the performance of the brush. It is a gentle brush cleanser, which does not ruin the bristles. I did not notice any shedding of the bristles, which was another good feature.
I found the brush cleanser fare at par with my Dove hair shampoo. However, when I compare this brush cleanser with MAC brush cleanser, I would consider the latter to be of much more superior quality. Nonetheless, the CS brush cleanser does provide a thorough cleaning of the makeup brushes.
Pros of Coastal Scents Brush Shampoo Cleanser:
- Good brush cleanser, which cleans makeup and dirt from the brush really well.
- A small amount of brush cleanser when mixed with water can effectively remove foundation, glitter or gel eyeliner from the brushes.
- Aloe Vera juice and Glycerin help to condition the bristles.
- The bristles continue to stay soft and not dry.
- Decently priced.
- Brush cleanser is completely colorless and odorless.
- Does not cause any shedding of the bristles.
Cons of Coastal Scents Brush Shampoo Cleanser:
- Packaging is inconvenient as it is really hard to squeeze the bottle to extract the content.
- Brush cleanser fared at moderate par with the hair shampoo that I used to clean my brushes.
- Using the brush cleanser did not help in increasing any additional performance of the brush as claimed by the product.
Would I Repurchase Coastal Scents Brush Shampoo Cleanser?
You must have heard about – “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I did not notice any bonus benefits while using this brush cleanser that I was missing on while using my old faithful – Dove shampoo. I agree that the brush cleanser is specifically designed for cleaning makeup brushes; however, I am not very optimistic about buying this product again.
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